Polling cards to be delivered for Mays Local elections
COPELAND’S residents will receive their polling cards this week ahead of the local elections taking place0 on Thursday May 2nd. There will be three elections for the Mayor, Borough and town/parish.
Nominations are now open and the deadline for candidates’ completed forms is 5pm on Wednesday, April 3.
Pat Graham, Copeland Council’s Returning Officer, said: “Because this is the first election since the Local Government Boundary Commission reduced the number of Copeland borough councillors we half from 51 to 33, and re-drew our ward boundaries, we’re urging residents to check their polling card thoroughly”.
For many residents the ward they are in, or even the name of the ward, will have altered since they last voted. There’s also a number of residents whose polling station will be different to one they have used in the past, so please pay particular attention to this once your polling cards arrive. Egremont’s borough ward is now one and comprises the whole of the town. Three seats will be contested. Moor row and Bigrigg join Keekle as a ward of their own with one seat contested.
The Town council/parish will now be only two wards of North has five seats to be contested (Bigrigg, Moor row, Orgill & Smithfield) and South has five seats to be contested (Castlecroft, East/North road, Briscoe mount/road, Beckgreen, Main street, Bridge end & Woodbank/Cringlethwaite).
All those who had registered to vote before March 1 will receive a polling card this week. All those who have registered since March 1 – or do so before the April 12 deadline – will receive a confirmation letter containing the same information as a polling card.
To register to vote, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before April 12.
To register for a proxy or postal vote, contact Copeland Council’s Elections team on 01946 598535, email firstname.lastname@example.org or download a form from www.yourvotematters.co.uk. The deadlines are 5pm on April 15 (postal votes) and 5pm on April 24 (proxy votes).
To view the Notice of Elections, visit www.copeland.gov.uk/section/elections. The list of candidates will be posted on this page on Thursday, April 4.